Over the past year, Michael and Sheila have talked quite a bit on this show about the quickly evolving crypto policy environment. A big theme in all of that has been the intersection – and quite often the clash – between the industry’s breakneck pace of innovation and regulation. As the industry grows, governments around the world are looking to get up to speed, and increasingly their actions have ramifications in the sector.
One regulatory body that’s increasingly engaging with the crypto community is the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The CFTC is an independent U.S. agency that regulates the $200+ Trillion derivatives market including futures contracts, options, and swaps.
Since 1974 its mission has been to promote the integrity, resilience, and vibrancy of the U.S. derivatives markets through sound regulation. Now, based on the proposals of some legislative initiatives, it could be poised to take a leading role in the regulation of cryptocurrencies and digital assets in the U.S. – something many in the community are supporting, perhaps in the hope that it will reduce the sway of the seemingly less-friendly Securities and Exchange Commission.
Dawn Stump became a commissioner in 2017 following a presidential appointment and Senate confirmation.
As one of five CFTC commissioners, she helped to shape the priorities of the agency while overseeing policy direction and internal planning. In particular, she was instrumental in negotiating the reform of derivatives regulations contained in the Dodd-Frank Act and in efforts to conduct oversight of commodity and financial derivatives under the jurisdiction of the CFTC.
This is a must-listen to better understand the crypto policy environment. As Dawn put it, “The impetus for regulation should not be a crisis; the impetus for regulation should be an opportunity.”
This episode was produced and edited by Michele Musso with announcements by Adam B. Levine and our executive producer Jared Schwartz. Our theme song is “Shepard.”